One of my favorite sayings is, “A goal without a plan is just a wish”
Wait. Take a minute. Sit in it. Meditate on it. This saying is SO simple, but yet so complicated.
How many times have you said the words- “I wish _____________.”I wish I had time to relax, and I wish I had enough money to travel, or I wish my family would help me around the house. I wish I could go back to school. I wish I could lose weight. I wish I could get a better job. The list could go on and on. Maybe you don’t voice it out loud. Maybe there is just a quiet little ache in your heart that every once in a while, whispers, “What if?”
Here is the secret. A goal without a plan is just a wish. Now, how do YOU turn your desires into reality?
What do you want? You say, “I don’t know what I want.” The truth is we all get lost in life. We get so STUCK in the mundane tasks of life that we forget we used to have dreams at all. We make sacrifices to care for our families, and before we know it, the kids are grown. We forget that we used to be a person before kids. The best part is, wherever you got stuck…You are a stronger person now than then. You’ve been through some stuff. You have been beaten up a little by life. You have had heartbreak. Guess what. You are still breathing. (Even if you don’t FEEL like it.) Our feelings are not what makes us. Our determination and a whole lot of prayer are what make us strong.
Please WRITE it down.
Write down what you wish you could accomplish. Guess what? Once you do. Your wishes become goals. Goals are a whole different beast. A goal, my friend, by definition, is – “the result or achievement toward which your effort is directed; aim; end.” See that? A result or achievement! Goals aren’t “wishy-washy.” Goals are DIRECTED achievement. Grab a napkin, a piece of notebook paper, whatever. It doesn’t have to be Pinterest worthy. (Although- I like pretty things myself.) Just start writing. Make a random list of your wishes. Write everything that comes to your mind, from cleaning the laundry room to finally writing that blog! (Oh, wait. Sorry. That’s me.) Post it where you can easily add to it throughout the next week.
Goal Setting Examples:
- Eat healthier
- Be debt free
- Clean out our house
- Rekindle my marriage
- Get my kids playing fewer video games.
- Lose 25 pounds
- Clean the kitchen drawer
- Start saving for college.
- Read a book
- Learn to dance
- Volunteer once a week.
- Spend more quality time with friends
- Travel More
After you complete your wish list (now officially your Goals list), the next step is to zone in and put action to your list. It doesn’t matter if you are the smartest person on the planet. If you don’t set the action to your goals, nothing will magically happen.
Pick the three most important ones and pick one way to begin daily to create habits to accomplish your goals.
If you chose to get out of debt, lose weight, and organize your home.
Week 1- It could be this simple-
Every day I will commit to
- increase my water intake by one glass a day until I drink eight glasses a day. It is well-known water does ALL kinds of things for our health. (including weight loss) A cheap and easy way to begin to get healthier and lose weight.
- I will dedicate 30 minutes a day to cleaning up my home and decluttering.30 minutes a day, six days a week = 3 hours a week, 12 hours a month, etc. Start one room at a time, one wall at a time.
- I have no extra money coming in, but there are many ways to help my financial situation. I will dedicate 1 hour, two days a week, to my financial health. I will begin by looking at and understanding where my money has been going and create a budget.